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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Jun 4, 2010 9:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Bittersweet milestone (non-Dead)

My little girl is all grown up. Mariah is graduating from HS today. It's bittersweet for me. I'm so proud of her and excited for her future, yet, she's still my little girl.

I love who my children have become, but, I sure miss those cute little kids they used to be.

I got choked up proposing a toast at the family dinner last night, I know there will be tears at the ceremony today.. To quote Mariah: "you're such a girl, Dad"

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Poster: user unknown Date: Jun 4, 2010 9:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bittersweet milestone (non-Dead)

Congrats to the graduate, and to you too PG.

They grow up, they move on and life goes on. The cherished memories of childhood days will keep her "Daddy's Little Girl" for as long as you wish them to.

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Poster: high flow Date: Jun 5, 2010 11:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bittersweet milestone (non-Dead)

Bittersweet is right! Congrats PG. Your post puts life with kids into perspective. As I type, my 8 year-old girl is at a Girl Scouts overnight retreat......they're just breakin' me in for the tough stuff. I know it'll seem like just weeks before I make a post like yours today.

The wheel is turning
and you can't slow down
You can't let go
and you can't hold on
You can't go back
and you can't stand still.....

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Poster: jerrys beard Date: Jun 4, 2010 12:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bittersweet milestone (non-Dead)

Congrats! My "little girl" and the baby of the family turns 29 in six days...when you strip away everything it comes down to love and it sure sounds like you have it well in hand! I miss my son and daughter every day, but pray that they will live better lives and be better parents than their old man. So far they're doing a damn fine job of it!

Enjoy the next few days. You've done a wonderful job and now you get to reap what you've sown. Besides, if I remember, Senior year was insanely expensive...maybe you'll have a little more money next year!

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jun 4, 2010 9:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bittersweet milestone (non-Dead)

No doubt a rough one I can empathize with fully. Been through it twice with my two. Then when you throw in the day watching the eldest get on the bus for boot camp and later getting married, it seems to only get harder. Hate to say it, but know that there are many days like that left to come. I may not have done too much right in my years here on earth, but dammit if I didn't do so bad on those two and it sounds like you managed nicely yourself.
I wish your daughter nothing but the brightest future, full of opportunities not wasted and dreams fulfilled.